One of the college's greatest female athletes and a graduate of nearby J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Swope lettered and won multiple championships in field hockey and lacrosse. A four-year starter and Middle Atlantic Conference All-Star, Swope led the Diplomats field hockey team to a second place finish in 1981 and a third place finish in 1982 at the NCAA Division III Field Hockey National Championships Tournament.
From 1980 to 1982, Franklin and Marshall won three consecutive MAC titles under Swope's leadership. In 1981, she led F&M to a 15-6-3 record and a fifth place finish at the AIAW National Tournament. However, the 1982 season was her best as she recorded seven goals and six assists in 20 games to earn NCAA All-Tournament and All-American selection in field hockey. Swope continued an outstanding senior year by leading the 1983 women's lacrosse team to a runner-up finish at the USWLA Division III Championships.
In 1991, the NCAA Field Hockey Committee recognized Swope and former teammate Leanne McFalls as being among the best players over the last decade for their outstanding contributions and achievements in celebration of tem year on NCAA women's athletic championships.